We are usually reluctant to go to a doctor or have a health checkup.
But do you know that many men have to suffer from prostate or colon cancer? Because they avoid going to the doctor and their diseases are not timely detected.
So, even if you feel fine, having regular health checkups is necessary, especially at your age. This helps you to know more about your current health condition, detect diseases that are still in the early stages, and prevent other problems in the future.
Here are some health tests men should get after 40 years old.
Health Tests Men Should Get after 40 years old
Blood pressure is a very dangerous killer. You will see no symptoms of high blood pressure, but it is slowly killing your lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
You need to check your blood pressure at least once a year. If you have heart disease, diabetes, or kidney issues, it is essential to check it more often.
You may have already known that high cholesterol is one of the main causes of heart diseases. So, it is important to have your cholesterol checked every five years.
Especially if you have a high cholesterol level and some specific conditions like diabetes and heart disease, it is vital to have a more regular checkup.
The low testosterone level is a reason of erectile issues, loss of muscle and body hair, insomnia, fatigue, concentration difficulties, and mood changes.
This hormonal agent is one of the most crucial factors that make our body healthier. The doctor will check your testosterone levels through a saliva or blood test.
If you are from 50 to 75, you should get colorectal cancer screening. There are some screening tests available: colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, fecal immunochemical, and fecal occult blood (stool-based) tests.
Tests like the colonoscopy are seen as the best test for prevention, while the fecal occult blood screens tests can identify early-stage cancers.
Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, but men can still have it. Long-term steroid use, regular smoking, alcohol addiction, fracture after 50 years old, or a family history of osteoporosis can lead to this disease.
If you have a normal health condition, you can get tested at 60. But if you are over 50 and in these high-risk groups (having low testosterone, smoking too much, family history, etc.), you should go to a doctor for checkup now.
A bone-density scan can show if your bones are strong enough and detect the risk of a fracture.
To sum up,
There are still more health tests you should pay attention to, like testicular, lung cancer, prostate cancer screening, or immunization testing. Consult your doctor to know more about the tests you need to take.
And never underestimate regular health checkups. We wish you good health.